The Official Texas Cowboy Reunion Sponsor is a title bestowed upon a very special young lady. The role is a beloved TCR tradition. Dozens of ladies have held that title through the years, celebrating the spirit of the Texas Cowboy Reunion. This year’s official sponsor honoree is fourteen-year-old Kenley Grace Cox of Haskell, Texas.
Though not competing for prizes, the official sponsor is very much in the spotlight during the rodeo. Among her other duties, perhaps she is best known as the rider who sets the pattern for the Sponsor’s Barrel Race during the nightly TCR rodeo performances. Kenley will ride her 16-year-old black Quarter Horse, Batman. Not only will she ride each night during the barrel race, she will be riding in the Texas Cowboy Reunion Grand Parade and in the Grand Entry each night of the rodeo. She also stands ready to assist the Official Hostess in extending West Texas hospitality to all the barrel racers who will participate in the 89th Texas Cowboy Reunion.
Kenley is a ninth grader at Haskell High School. She enjoys horseback riding, hanging out with friends, church, music and showing livestock. Her livestock showing skills have placed her in the sale at both Houston and San Antonio. When not in the saddle or working with her livestock projects, Kenley takes part in school athletics, works at Lackey Livestock and is active in youth activities at the Haskell Church of Christ. Kenley is also a member of the Haskell High School Indian Band, 4-H and participates in Future Farmers of America activities and leadership programs.
Kenley’s parents are Justin and Megan Cox. Justin is employed by Texas Farm Bureau and Megan owns Rike Real Estate in Haskell. Kenley has a younger brother named Ryan, age 11.
“I am extremely excited and very honored to be the 89th Official TCR Sponsor,” says Kenley. “I have attended the rodeo every year of my life. It is a long-time family tradition and has always been something my family looks forward to.”
In accepting her responsibilities as Official TCR Sponsor, Kenley is inspired by these words attributed to J. R. R. Tolkien: “Never forget how wildly capable you are. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”